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Lara Croft at Sea: Scanline’s Tomb Raider Adventures

Roar Uthaug’s recent Lara Croft video-game-to-film adaptation, Tomb Raider, features several daring action sequences. One of the most elaborate involves a violent storm, as Croft (Alicia Vikander) is sailing on the ship, the Endurance, into the ‘Devil’s Sea.’

Drawing on its long-standing expertise in water simulations, Scanline VFX, via its Vancouver and Los Angeles offices, took on the complex boat scene. Here’s how they pulled it off.

Vikander and Daniel Wu (playing Endurance captain Lu Ren) were filmed on a gimbal set-piece with wave tanks and fans helping to add in appropriate motion and water spray. The main beats had been established in previs by The Third Floor. Scanline would use this live action as a base. “Production got the material that they needed for the talent, and we more or less took over by tracking the cameras, and then reanimated the boat into the water on top of some of our wave simulations,” explains Scanline visual effects supervisor Nick Crew.

Scanline had to build a series of CG assets, too, including the Endurance and many deck-laden props, some reef rock (which the boat hits), and a few digital doubles. Those elements helped add a further sense of danger to the scene when things become very rocky, as Crew notes: “We ended up taking over a lot of the animation such as swinging the jibs a lot more violently and having barrels roll around, and basically all that stuff that really sells that the boat is out of control and really topsy-turvy.”

Read the rest of Ian's interview with Nick Crew at our website.


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Louise en hiver Comes to Vancouver!

Desert island stories are common but few are as optimistic and upbeat as Jean-François Laguionie’s Louise en hiver.

Louise is enjoying a summer day on the beach when she recalls the year before when, after missing the last train, she found herself alone in town after a bad storm.

Crowned best animated feature film at the Ottawa International Film Festival, Laguionie’s Louise en hiver is another outstanding example of French animation at its best.

Louise en hiver is screening on Saturday, April 28th at 12PM. Tickets to the screening are free, but booking ahead is recommended. Seats are not guaranteed and will be allotted to ticket-holders on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reserve your ticket at the Vancity Theatre website.

When: Saturday, April 28 @ 12 pm (doors open at 11:30 am)
In French with English Subtitles
Admission: FREE
Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, Canada
Info & tickets: VIFF Vancity Theatre

SPARK ANIMATION 2018 Submissions Open

Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of SPARK ANIMATION by partaking in this year’s festival which runs October 25 to 28, 2018!

Whether you're an independent filmmaker, a big studio, or a student; whether you’re making commercials, PSAs, music videos, experimental shorts or any other type of animated project, we want to see what you’ve got!

Regular submission deadline is September 1, 2018 while the extended deadline is September 10, 2018.

For additional submission guidelines, information and to submit your project, visit our FilmFreeway festival page.

With hundreds of submissions spanning the world, SPARK ANIMATION is proud of the diversity of projects it receives and programs. The programming team makes every effort to ensure a blend of traditional and CG animation but we need your help! Help us spread SPARK ANIMATION further by sharing the submission page with friends, colleagues and on social media! Don't forget to hashtag your posts #SPARK2018!

Community News

The Vancouver Career Fair Is Back!

Designed to connect top creative talent with Vancouver's innovative studios, the annual Vancouver Career Fair for VFX, Animation and Video Games is taking place next Saturday, April 14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East Building).

The free event is produced by the Vancouver Economic Commission with contributing partners Visual Effects Society, Spark CG Society, and Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH.

Larger than ever, this year's event will bring together 35 exhibitors including a wider range of participants in the Education Expo so whether you're looking for a job or for information on educational programs, this event is not to be missed!

For additional information and to register for a spot, visit the event website.

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